We've recently partnered with Pro Youth and Families and California State Assemblymember Kevin McCarty's District Office to produce the Youth Voter Engagement Event! This event takes place this Friday, September 20, 2019 at the Met High School in Sacramento and aims to introduce these students to the culture of civic engagement and voting.
The event is three hours which includes an introduction to two complex policy issues where youth will then create an elevator pitch for and against each policy, and then the entire group will vote on the initiatives proposed. Once the votes are collected by “mail ballot”and counted, an election night watch party will be simulated to capture voting culture and give the youth a real taste of what it’s like to participate in the voting process.
Our role in this event was to assist and support Assemblymember McCarty’s District Office with the curriculum and activities. This type collaboration is key in making moments like this come to life in a way that really speaks to the youth. We believe that curriculum should be relatable, easy to understand and fun!
The CA Center was also asked to be the fiscal host of the event which makes it possible for the project to receive tax-deductible donations under our non-profit status. Without these donations this event would not be possible. A huge shout out to the California Teachers Association for their support! Because as we know all too well, the earlier that young people vote and get civically engaged, the more likely they are to make it a life-long habit.
Stay tuned on our social media and check out more news/posts from the Voter Engagement Event!
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